Research Commentary: Curricular Noticing: A Framework to Describe Teachers' Interactions With Curriculum Materials

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  • 1 Boston University
  • 2 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 3 University of Idaho
  • 4 University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Building on the work of Professional Noticing of Children's Mathematical Thinking, we introduce the Curricular Noticing Framework to describe how teachers recognize opportunities within curriculum materials, understand their affordances and limitations, and use strategies to act on them. This framework builds on Remillard's (2005) notion of participation with curriculum materials, connects with and broadens existing research on the relationship between teachers and written curriculum, and highlights new areas for research. We argue that once mathematics educators better understand the strategic curricular practices that support ambitious teaching, which we refer to as professional curricular noticing, such knowledge could lead to recommendations for how to support the curricular work of teachers and novice teachers in particular.

Contributor Notes

Leslie Dietiker, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, Boston University, Two Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215;

Lorraine M. Males, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Henzlik Hall 118, 1430 Vine St. Lincoln NE 68588-0355;

Julie M. Amador, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Idaho, 1031 N. Academic Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814;

Darrell Earnest, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 813 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, 01003;

(Corresponding author is Dietiker author is Males author is Amador author is Earnest
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education


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